CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Diagonal Division

Diagonal Division
PIA 08937

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  Fine sharp-edged details and smooth gradients in the ring features of the Cassini Division are imaged here together at excellent resolution.

The faint ringlet in the dark gap left of center is a recently discovered feature, found in Cassini images (see PIA08827).

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 21 degrees below the ringplane. The scene takes in the entire Cassini Division (4,800 kilometers, or 2,980 miles wide), as well as the innermost region of the A ring at extreme left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 8, 2007 at a distance of approximately 476,000 kilometers (296,000 miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 2 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 10, 2007 (PIA 08937)
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